Plant growth-promoting microorganisms as biocontrol agents of plant diseases: Mechanisms, challenges and future perspectives

Mohamed T. El-Saadony, Ahmed M. Saad, Soliman M. Soliman, Heba M. Salem, Alshaymaa I. Ahmed, Mohsin Mahmood, Amira M. El-Tahan, Alia A.M. Ebrahim, Taia A. Abd El-Mageed, Shaimaa H. Negm, Samy Selim, Ahmad O. Babalghith, Ahmed S. Elrys, Khaled A. El-Tarabily, Synan F. AbuQamar

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Plant diseases and pests are risk factors that threaten global food security. Excessive chemical pesticide applications are commonly used to reduce the effects of plant diseases caused by bacterial and fungal pathogens. A major concern, as we strive toward more sustainable agriculture, is to increase crop yields for the increasing population. Microbial biological control agents (MBCAs) have proved their efficacy to be a green strategy to manage plant diseases, stimulate plant growth and performance, and increase yield. Besides their role in growth enhancement, plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria/fungi (PGPR/PGPF) could suppress plant diseases by producing inhibitory chemicals and inducing immune responses in plants against phytopathogens. As biofertilizers and biopesticides, PGPR and PGPF are considered as feasible, attractive economic approach for sustainable agriculture; thus, resulting in a “win-win” situation. Several PGPR and PGPF strains have been identified as effective BCAs under environmentally controlled conditions. In general, any MBCA must overcome certain challenges before it can be registered or widely utilized to control diseases/pests. Successful MBCAs offer a practical solution to improve greenhouse crop performance with reduced fertilizer inputs and chemical pesticide applications. This current review aims to fill the gap in the current knowledge of plant growth-promoting microorganisms (PGPM), provide attention about the scientific basis for policy development, and recommend further research related to the applications of PGPM used for commercial purposes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number923880
JournalFrontiers in Plant Science
Publication statusPublished - Oct 6 2022


  • biofertiIizers
  • biopestcide
  • crop yield
  • disease suppression
  • pathogen suppression
  • plant growth-promoting rhizhobacteria

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science


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